Episode 78 with Tony Simon

Rob- Introduction- I’m Rob Morse and welcome to episode 78 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who think they might want a firearm.. and those who already have one.  We’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Tony Simon.

Hi, Tony.  How have you been?

Tony- Hi, Rob.  I’ve been busy planning Diversity Shoots in New Jersey, volunteering at NRA Range Day as a shotgun instructor and introducing a new shooting event, The Minuteman Challenge.

Rob- I know you’ve been to the range to get in some practice of your own.

Tony- I started a Minute Man League.

Rob-  I went to the range and got in some life fire presentations.

Tony- Hi to our new listeners, and welcome back to our regular listeners. We report and analyze three examples of armed civilian defense.  We hope you exercise your imagination today so you can defend the people you care about tomorrow.  Please leave us a message on our facebook page with your questions or comments.

Tony- Our first story took place last week in Elyria, Ohio.

Rob- First Story- Are you armed at home?   

You’re at home with two of your teenage daughters.  It is after dark on a weekday.  Your older daughter screams when she sees a stranger enter the home and stand next to your younger daugher.  There is something about that scream.  You grab your gun and run towards that area of the house.  You see your oldest daughter chasing a stranger.  You follow them out the front door and call your daughter back inside.  Then you try to call the police.  You have to catch your breath first..and to put away your gun.

Tony- Another reason to carry in a holster, Pants On Gun On. She heard the scream that told her immediately she needed to protect her family. There is very little time to come up with a plan during an emergency. Implementing the plan that you have may be all that you can do to save a life.

Rob-  So you’ll run with what you know?

Tony- Yep.  She got that right.

Rob- What should our listeners do better?

Tony- She followed the bad guy out of the house and pursued him after he was no longer a threat. Try not to do that, it could get you hurt or worse if he has accomplices outside that you are unaware of or he decides to fight you because you won’t let him get away.

Rob-  Our armed mom chased her 17 year old daughter outside.  Sounds like you should share your plans with your family.

Tony- Our second story happened last week in Orlando, Florida.

Rob- Second Story- Are you armed when you cut the grass?

You are mowing the lawn for one of your customers.  You maintain several houses in the area.  Three men stop their car as they drive by after noon.  They git out of their vehicle.  They walk up to you, and one of the strangers has a gun drawn.  You’re being robbed.  They demand your wallet, your phone, and your keys.  You present your firearm and shoot at the gunman nearest you.  All three men run.  Two of them drive away.  One runs through the neighborhood.  You and the neighbors call police.  None of the men show up at the hospital for treatment.

Tony- He was ambushed by multiple armed attackers and was correct in defending his life. Some people would say that he should give them whatever they want and they will go away. That theory has you depending on receiving mercy from the merciless and it could cost you your life without a struggle.

Rob- He was wearing a gun in the the rain and heat and sun of central Florida in the summer time.

Tony- He was wearing a gun while doing something as mundane as cutting the grass in the suburbs. There are no “safe places or times”, bad guys don’t have hours of operation or fixed locations. They are open 24/7 at a location near you.

Rob- Makes my excuses for not carrying look pretty pale.

Tony- You have no idea why someone will pick you but you should have the equipment, will and attitude to defend yourself.

Rob-  What would you tell your students to do in such a situation?

Tony- Shoot, move, call the police.  It sounds like our good guy did that.

Rob- Where can your students learn and practice shooting, moving, and calling the police?

Rob- Is there more?

Tony- Nope that does it?

Rob- Where are we headed next?

Tony- We’re headed back home to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Rob- but first this message.

Learn more at SAF Training Division.


Rob- Third story- Do you have a gun nearby when you’re sleeping at home?  

You’re sleeping at home with your wife and two children.  You hear something that sounds like an animal clawing at the house.  You wake up your wife.  It doesn’t sound right, so she calls the police while you grab your gun and check on the kids.  Now you hear the sound coming from the back of the house.  You see someone outside.  As you approach your back door, you see that the stranger has a gun in his hand.

You shoot and the burglar runs away.  Police find two guns outside and are looking for the burglar’s accomplice.

Tony-  Know what you know without caring about how you know.

Rob- Say that again?

Tony- We talk ourselves into trouble.  I’m never robbed, so that sound can’t be someone breaking into my house.  Yes, it can.  Get out of bed, get your gun, call the police, and get your children.

Rob- It wasn’t a dream, or if it was, call the police anyway.

Tony- Exactly.  They get called for strange sounds every day.  It is their job.

This was also a textbook reason for Pajamas on Gun On. The bad guy was in the door with a gun in his hand. There were no timeouts left on the clock. It was go time, no formulating a plan, no time to practice your favorite range drill.

Rob- We won’t have a warning and time to warm up.

Tony- You must have knowledge of your defensive skills. Can you operate your gun, can you shoot your gun accurately without several practice shots. Does your gun even work? Does you defensive ammo have a track record of being a fight stopper or is it a new ammo that has lots of cool advertising online and in magazines but no history of use by LEO or armed citizens.

Tony- All of the stories in this week’s episode were about civilians that had their self defense firearm on their person or beside them when it was needed. POGO Pants On, Gun On shouldn’t be a cute saying that your favorite self defense podcasts use, it should be your self defense strategy.

Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Tony, thank you for helping me today.  Where can our listeners learn more about you?

Tony-  I teach firearms safety and armed-self defense courses in New Jersey.  Our listeners can contact me on Facebook at Simon Says Train or at The Second is for Everyone. I’m also at SimonSaysTrain on Instagram.  My classes are listed at BlackBagResources.com

Rob- Our listeners can share their thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Tony-   We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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